Automated Museum, Gisela Baurmann
As we benefit from computational means to generate form and space, how can archive spaces conceptually benefit from computational technologies, and within this integration improve storage management logistics in relation to spatial performance?
Setting a scenario in a proximate future, this project explores the life and development of museum archives aligned with the speculation of how automated infrastructures may improve their management and exposure to other spatial typologies such as educational and exhibition spaces. Museum collection storage is a delicate but complex space. It is designed to meet standards of preservation, protection and accessibility; containing, organizing and caring for the collections while they’re in storage. Any decision made in regards of the storage space must always aim to reduce risk of the collection; minimum deterioration, damage, or loss.
Obviating the idea that technology gives us exposure through virtual images, I would rather use technology to distort the spatial connotation of museum collection storage space. In this exploration humans still play a crucial role regarding space inhabitation, experiential qualities, program operation, cultural disperse, art protection and handling. Architecture here is used as an attempt to reconfigure the levels of protection of a typical museum storage facility turning them into layers of exposition in the means of provoking cultural empathy toward art and history. The latter being a matter of speculating how exposing the delicacy of archives could reframe cultural values and careless attitudes toward our ancestors. In the end, these are human made objects that we are dealing with, our origins encompassed in objects hidden so why not to speculate on solutions to improve, promote, or surpass this activity.